ESPN broke the news this morning on Twitter.
Tony Romo is leaving football and going into broadcasting, even with Dallas planning to release him today, sources tell @toddarcher and me.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 4, 2017
Romo shared a photo of himself wearing a jacket with the network logo he will be working for on Twitter with the caption:
"I guess it's time to start dressing up."
The Cowboys officially released Romo Tuesday afternoon with ESPN reporting that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones honored his promise to release Romo.
"They have relinquished his future NFL rights," Ed Werder tweeted.
Romo's decision came down to his health, sources close to the situation told ESPN. Romo will be 37 on April 21, and he believes that family and his health are more significant at this period of his life.
According to ESPN, Romo spent several weeks thinking about his decision.
FANS AND TEAMMATES REACT ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Tony romo is retiring ???— Selena??? (@Anyting4Sel) April 4, 2017
Props to @tonyromo for recognizing when to say when, and congrats on a great NFL career— Pedro Pontificate (@ThaTrail) April 4, 2017
Jones told Romo before free agency opened that the team would release him to give him a chance to continue his career with another contender. But Dallas decided at the last minute to try to generate interest in a trade.
Romo missed several games over the last two seasons after suffering collarbone and back injuries. He ultimately lost his starting quarterback job to Dak Prescott last August when he suffered a compression fracture in his back.
Romo informed Jones of his decision to step away from the game for now, sources said.
Romo, who was signed through 2019, had a $14 million base salary and a $24.7 million salary cap hit for the Cowboys this season.
The franchise leader with 34,183 yards passing and 248 touchdowns, Romo never parlayed his regular-season success into deep playoff runs the way Hall of Famers and multiple Super Bowl winners Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman did before him.
Romo was 78-49 as the starter in Dallas, but just 2-4 in the postseason, with no road victories and no trips to the NFC championship game for a proud franchise that is one of just three teams that hasn't played for the NFC title the past 21 seasons.
Romo played just one series in his final season with Dallas, and his last pass was a 3-yard touchdown to Terrance Williams in a meaningless regular-season finale at Philadelphia. His last snap in a home regular-season game was the last of three broken collarbones sustained in his career, on Thanksgiving in 2015 against Carolina.
In March, we put together a story about what Romo would do after the Cowboys.